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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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concealed only by a small ridge, which
barely covers him and his followers, who,
with great precision, imitate his movements.
Again they are stopped; the burn crosses
their route, and a deep-looking stream of
water glides along its channel. There is
no help for it; they descend silently into
the pool (not daring the while to lift their
heads from the ground), the guns are care-
fully handed from one to another as they
stand immersed breast-high, and thus thes
again reach the sward, and, to the stalker's
dehght, behold one of the marks previously
noted in the neighbourhood of the deer;
is he still there? The stalker raises his
head slowly, inch by inch — the horns are
just visible over the lines of the ground.
Subduing his delight, he feels his rille,
makes a shght noise, the deer is seen to
spring, and the crack of the gun is heard
at the same moment. The hart is gone,
but not unhurt; the ball is in him, and the
dogs are after him. Away they go, over
moss and rock, steep and level, in and out
of the black mire, on to the foot of a hill,
which they ascend at a slackened pace.
Up the nearest eminence runs one of the
hunters, and with levelled glass endeavours
to watch their course. The deer-stalker
at his utmost speed follows the chase,
listening anxiously as he runs, for the bark
of the dogs, significant of their having
brought the stag to bay. The wished-for
sounds soon break upon him, he redoubles
his speed, and, a sudden opening being
entered, there is the heautiful creature
standing on a narrow projecting ledge of
rock, within the cleft in the middle course
of the mountain cataract, the rock closed
in at his flank bidding defiance in his own
mountain stronghold. On the very edge
of the precipice the dogs are baying him
furiously — one rush of the stag will send
them down the chasm, yet in their fury
they seem wholly unconscious of their dan-
ger. Delay would now be fatal. The
stalker creeps cautiously round to the nearest
commanding spot, every moment is pre-
cious, yet the least carelessness on his part,
that would reveal his presence to the deer,
would cause the latter to break bay, and
in all probability precipitate the fate of the
dogs. Meantime the stag, maddened by
their vexatious attack, makes a desperate
stab at one of them with his antlers, which
the dog endeavours to avoid, retreats back-
wards, loses his footing, his hind legs shp
over the precipice, he is lost! No! he
struggles courageously, his fore-feet holding
on by the httle roughnesses of the bed of
the torrent. He rises a little but slips back
again, he gasps fearfufly, but summons up
all his strength and resolution for one last
effort. Hurrah! the gallant dog has recov-
ered his footing, and, not even taking
breathing time, rushes at the hart as rash
and wrathful as ever. The stalker is now-
ready on a mount overlooking the scene;
he levels, but a sudden movement brings
the dogs within the scope of the gun. Three
times is the aim taken and abandoned; in
the fourth, crack — the ball is in the deer's
head, and he drops heavily in the splashing
waters.
Such is a faint idea of deer-stalking in
the Highlands of Scotland. In some places
the deer-stalkers go out of a night, and to
dazzle and bewilder the deer they have
lanterns affixed to their heads, and the stag
is so confounded by the glare of light that
he stands fascinated, as it were, till a ball
just behind his shoulder lays him low. The
deer is a timid animal when he suspects,
but does not see his enemy; but when he
does see him, is as cool and circumspect
as possible, and turns at bay with a courage
truly admirable, which it would be well for
every boy to emulate. (p. parley.)
108. KILLING A POLAR BEAR.
At midnight, when lying becalmed amongst
loose ice, the Eagle of Hull being nearly
one mile distant, a large bear was observ-
ed swimming in the water, midway between
the ships. We quickly manned a boat to
pursue, and capture him if possible. Anxi-
ous to enjoy the pleasures of a bear hunt
in the frozen regions, I seated myself in
the after part of the boat, and had a most
excellent view of the engagement, which,
on the part of the bear, was aflowed to be
the most tedious, fierce, and stubborn, ever
witnessed by the crew of either ship. Upon
seeing our boat approach, he swam towards
the Eagle, from which a boat was instant-
ly despatched after him also. The noise of
the Eagle's boat caused him to alter his
course, and he made boldy towards ours;
but the sight of the harpooner rising up
with his lance, to give his bearship a suit-
able reception, so frightened him, that he
once more sought refuge in an ignoble re-
treat: but he was met by the Eagle's boat,
and received from her harpooner three or
four severe stabs with a lance. He now
dived, and swam under the water for two
minutes: but re-appearing close a-head of
our boat, he was welcomed by three deep
wounds in the belly, from one of which I
saw a portion of intestine protrude. He